Cafe Hopping Series: 03 - FIVE STARS Coffee & Bakery Setagaya
A fan of coffee? A fan of delicious looking pastries? Hop on in!
FIVE STARS Coffee & Bakery Setagaya is in Setagaya just as the name states. The nearest station is Shimo Takaido Station on the Tokyu Setagaya Line. It takes about 6 minutes to get from the station to the cafe and is one fairly straight road so you don't have to worry about getting lost.
*One thing about this cafe though, they are closed on Sundays so if you work during the weekdays, make sure you come on Saturday~
It is actually a two-storey cafe. I'm a huge fan of this sort of lighting as they have a tendency to provide the perfect lighting for delicious-looking Instagram-worthy food pictures.
On the ground floor, there are two areas where there are bread and pastries where you can take away or eat-in.
Look at how delicious everything looks. My only complaint might be that all the food are out in the open and the shop is facing a road. But I guess a little dust won't kill me.
On the second shelf, merchandises are being sold. There are wooden plates, bowls, badges, teacup sets, and tote bags. I personally liked the wooden plate a lot. I thought it was quite thick and of pretty good quality.
If you want something to eat, just disinfect your hands, take the tray and tongs and pick up the bread/pastry of your choice.
Then proceed to the counter to make your drink order or pay. I like this cafe because there's no strict rule where every customer must order a drink the moment you enter the cafe.
You can choose to either sit on the ground floor or go up to the second floor. There's a long table where you can savour your coffee and meal while enjoying both the street outside and also be inside the cafe depending on which side you sit. Or you could head upstairs like us!
If there is no crowd or queue, don't you think this makes a wonderful aesthetic Instagrammable photo-taking spot? We went around teatime on a weekday so there weren't many people going up and down.
The second floor has tables placed quite far apart from each other. The first two tables you see the moment you come up has sockets for you to plug in and charge your devices should you plan to do any work here.
We had a very heavy lunch and were just looking for somewhere to chill so my friend only ordered a latte.
If you notice that little round thing beside the cup, that's actually a campaign thing the cafe is running. For every drink you order, you will get this metal charm thing. Once you have collected five of them, you can come back to the cafe to redeem a free drink. My friend actually lost two of them, can you believe it?
I ordered a Mushroom Croque Monsieur, the last one on the shelf! One thing that struck me strange was that this was served on the plate with no utensils provided. I've never experienced eating anything with your hands in Japan, especially in cafes before. And it wasn't heated up before it was given back to me.
I was already halfway through when I realized there is a toaster on the 2nd floor. Too late to heat it up now. But it was really good even when it was at room temperature.
An extra note is that there are wet tissues, serviettes and cold water in the same area as the toaster.
When you have finished eating, you have to put everything on the shelves below the toaster so remember to do your part!
If you do go to this cafe one day, remember to heat up your food in the toaster before sinking your teeth into it. I'm very sure it will taste even better when it's warm. I only got to eat one item this time so if you find anything good in this cafe, do let me know in the comments!
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